UPDATE: One person was killed in a small plane crash this morning near the Sandy Creek Airpark in eastern Bay County.
According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Larry Eli Caison was killed in the accident. The plane was registered to Grey Aviation Advisors and Solutions, Inc., located in Destin. Caison and Kevin Camilli of Destin were named as the company's directors.
Jim Peters from the Federal Aviation Administration said in a press release that the plane was a single-engine Beech (BE36) aircraft that crashed one mile east of the Airpark. The plane had departed North Palm Beach County Airport and was heading to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.
The pilot reported engine-related problems and diverted to the Sandy Creek Airpark.
The number of people on board is not known and the extent of the damage to the aircraft hasn't been determined. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
According to a press release from the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Tyndall Air Force Base advised the BCSO this morning that they were in radio contact with a pilot that had lost engine power. Tyndall sent aircraft to the area and located the wreckage approximately one mile from the Sandy Creek Airpark.
Deputies from the BCSO were able to respond to the wreckage and found the pilot deceased. Investigators are working to identify the pilot and notify next of kin.
UPDATE: Sheriff's Office has spotted the wreckage of a small plane that crashed near the Sandy Creek Airpark this morning.
According to Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, a small aircraft crashed near the Sandy Creek Airpark.
Shortly after 8 a.m., Ford said some wreckage had been located but they were still looking for the crash site. He also said deputies were en route to the area.
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